Trevor Pearcey & the First Australian Computer: A Lost Opportunity?

CSIR Radiophysics research staff, 1952

Image: CSIR Radiophysics research staff, 1952

Source: Museum Victoria

This is a summary of an article entitled 'Trevor Pearcey & the First Australian Computer: A Lost Opportunity?'

The paper tells something of Trevor Pearcey's early contribution to Australian computing.

Shortly after the Second World War Trevor Pearcey joined the Radiophysics Division of the Australian Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the predecessor of today's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). He designed the first Australian electronic computer, which was constructed in the Division. By 1951 this machine was functioning, but three years later a decision was made to discontinue work on computer development in CSIRO. Pearcey however went on to play a vital role in Australian computing, both in CSIRO and in academia.

The paper also takes a fresh look at some of the factors involved in the 1954 decision to terminate computer development in CSIRO.

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    Computer - CSIRAC, 1949-1964

    CSIRAC computer. 768 words storage in mercury delay lines, 20 bit words. Comprises racks, printers, storage delay lines, paper tape readers and punches. CSIRAC (previously CSIR Mark ...

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  • Notebook - Trevor Pearcey, May- Jun 1965 Object

    Notebook - Trevor Pearcey, May- Jun 1965

    Note book used by Dr Trevor Pearcey dated May-June 1965. It contains a collection of travel notes, expenses and contacts according to date. Dr Pearcey was a pioneer in the field of el ...

    Images: 1
  • Notebook - Trevor Pearcey, Jul -Aug 1965 Object

    Notebook - Trevor Pearcey, Jul -Aug 1965

    Note book owned by Dr Trevor Pearcey dated July - August 1965. It contains a collection of travel notes, expenses and contacts according to date. Dr Pearcey was a pioneer in the field ...

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  • Notebook - Trevor Pearcey, Jan 1965 Object

    Notebook - Trevor Pearcey, Jan 1965

    Note book owned by Dr Trevor Pearcey. It contains a collection of travel notes, expenses and contacts according to date. Dr Pearcey was a pioneer in the field of electronic computing i ...

    Images: 1
  • Notes - Trevor Pearcey, 1963-1965 Object

    Notes - Trevor Pearcey, 1963-1965

    Notes written by Dr Trevor Pearcey dated variously 1963-1965. These travel notes appear to be preparatory notes for the tendering of a new computer for CSIRO (the tender was finally won ...

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  • Aerogramme - Addressed to Trevor Pearcey, 16 Jul 1965 Object

    Aerogramme - Addressed to Trevor Pearcey, 16 Jul 1965

    Aerogramme addressed to T. Pearcey, C/o Australian Scientific Liaison Office, Africa House Kingsway, London W1, Great Britain. Dated 16 July 1965. Dr Pearcey was a pioneer in the field ...

    Images: 1
  • Invoice - From Philips Electrical Industries to Trevor Pearcey, Relating to CSIRAC, 1963 Object

    Invoice - From Philips Electrical Industries to Trevor Pearcey, Relating to CSIRAC, 1963

    Repair invoice from Philips Electrical Industries Pty. Ltd. charged to Dr Trevor Pearcey of the Melbourne University Department of Mathematics. Dr Pearcey was a pioneer in the field of ...

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  • Notes - Trevor Pearcey, 1965 Object

    Notes - Trevor Pearcey, 1965

    Notes some of which were possibly not written by Dr Trevor Pearcey, dated 1965. Dr Pearcey was a pioneer in the field of electronic computing in Australia. He designed the computer CSI ...

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  • Hard Drive - Trevor Pearcey, circa 1994 Object

    Hard Drive - Trevor Pearcey, circa 1994

    Hard drive used by Trevor Pearcey, an Australian computing pioneer who designed CSIRAC, Australia's first computer. This drive was used later in Pearcey's career. Technical details: ...

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  • Circuit Box - Electronic Valve Amplifier, Trevor Pearcey, 1960s Object

    Circuit Box - Electronic Valve Amplifier, Trevor Pearcey, 1960s

    Valve amplifier circuit used by Trevor Pearcey, an Australian computing pioneer who designed CSIRAC, Australia's first computer. This amplifier circuit was possibly used later in Pearce ...

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